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3DVEM - Register GEO

3DVEM - Register



3DVEM - Viewer, Editor & Meter

Low-cost and free 3DVEM software

3DVEM Register GEO

3DVEM – Register GEO is a powerful low-cost software that solves the transformation, fusion, alignment, orientation or registration of 3D data between different coordinate systems, acquired by different metric devices, either range-based (laser scanner/LiDAR, RADAR, structured light, total station, distance meter, tape, GNSS…) or image-based (photogrammetry, computer vision, SfM…).

The software 3DVEM – Register GEO is made up of two modules, 3DVEM – Register and 3DVEM – GEO, in order to provide a unified solution that facilitates the resolution of all problems related to alignment, scaling, translation, unification and 3D positioning (i.e. 3D transformation or fusion) in multiple formats, either point clouds or 3D data measured with tape, level or plumb line. The software is designed to enable the integration of simple data (for instance, based either on the arbitrary alignment of two point features, or on a measured distance and an arbitrary origin) as well as sophisticated data (for instance, LiDAR datasets).

3DVEM – Register

3DVEM – Register is a low cost software that solves the registration, also known as alignment or relative orientation, of point clouds, point clouds and 3D models, as well as 3D models, all of them scaled, from a sufficient number of matching (homologous) features identified in a variety of ASCII formats.

Matching features may be centres of targets and spheres, among others, as well as natural points or points extracted from digital models. Numbering/naming of features is initially random, since the software sets automatically features, and solves the indirect registration by means of either least squares or robust estimation, depending on the option selected by the user.


Next figure shows a top view of several LiDAR point clouds acquired by a terrestrial laser scanner coloured by station, before and after registration.


3DVEM – Register advantages:

- Easiness to solve registration: point cloud to point cloud, point cloud to surface or surface to surface.

- Least squares adjustment or robust estimation solution (Danish method and Minimum Sum) to detect gross errors (outliers).

- Full list of errors and precision estimates of the parameters.

- Import and export point clouds and 3D models in multiple formats (ASC, TXT, PTS, PTX, LAS, FLS, FWS, OBJ, WRL, DXF, etc.).

- Improvement of the results up to 10 times, using the same observables.

- Versatility of use of LiDAR data: close range, terrestrial, aerial, etc.

- Low cost.

Next a DXF file import is displayed. The CAD file is structured in layers: point clouds, stations and targets.

AutoCAD 2013 DXF

Free download of the software 3DVEM – Register Demo. Fill out the form and you will get it on your email account.

Download how to use 3DVEM – Register in only 5 steps.

Download test data to carry out the registration or alignment of scans: scan 1, scan 2 and scan 3.

YouTube Tutorials/Demos

Tutorial of the software 3DVEM – Register on YouTube. This tutorial imports .PTS files (from Leica Geosystems) with unnumbered targets, and performs the whole registration, explaining the different steps, included the generation of reports, error analysis, generation of 3D visualisations in 3D in VRML and DXF, as well as the export of the data.

If you wish to check the speed and easiness of the registration process itself, you might also check the demo with 17 FARO Focus3D scans and spheres.

There is also another demo that shows you how targets/spheres/3D points coordinates can be merge to LiDAR datasets (point clouds or 3D models) where there was no point available for registration.



The module 3DVEM – GEO allows the user to apply globally or interactively 3D transformations (translation, scale and rotation) to the data (point clouds and/or imported models), and in the case of files with control points, georeferenced the objects in a global reference system, either in Cartesian coordinates XYZ or Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) cartographic coordinates (in different datum). Furthermore, this module allows the application of the absolute transformation to 3D objects obtained by photogrammetric/computer vision/SfM techniques in a simple and interactive way.

The GEOreferencing module contains functions related to the absolute transformation. Therefore, it can be used to carry out a Global transformation (to the whole project), a 3D transformation (selecting interactively features, vid. next figure), and a least squares Adjustment from control points (either in a local, global or UTM system).

3D transformation options


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the software 3DVEM – Register GEO.

Check the price list of the low cost 3DVEM – Register GEO software and select either the educational or the commercial version and the number of clients (network). Send an email to for further information and purchase.

3DVEM – 3D Viewer, Editor & Meter (Beta)

3DVEM software allows an efficient management of both point clouds and three-dimensional (3D) photorealistic models obtained by different means: photogrammetry, computer vision, robotic, infography, surveying, laser scanning, etc. 3DVEM allows not only the 3D visualisation of imported data either from 3D models or XYZ coordinates with intensity and colour, but also measuring and making as users like.

This programme can be used in architecture, archaeology, surveying, restoration, civil engineering, geology, geography, environment, industry, medicine, criminology, tourism...... whenever 3D data are available.

Interact with textured models:

3D Visualisation 3D of the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas (Valencia)

Navigate, change the points of view and adjust the point size:

Falla en 3D

Visualise point clouds full of colour or with intensity values:

Colour point cloud Point cloud with intensity data

Study the virtual world either in perspective or in orthographic view:

Perspective vs Orthogonal

Add and personalise your 3D measurements:

Measure in 3D

Change lighting to enhance the 3D models:

3D model with conventional lighting 3D model with enhanced lights on

Free software download. Fill out the form and you will get it on your email account.

Download the last version of the Manual 3DVEM – Viewer, Editor & Meter.

Download how to use 3DVEM – 3D Viewer, Editor & Meter to navigate and measure points from point clouds and 3D models, in just 4 steps. It is explained the way to extract and copy easily for instance the coordinates of the points which you are interested in from either 3D model or point clouds to any text editor and 3DVEM – Register.

Download test data.